Seijun Suzuki

Japanese film director

Seijun Suzuki (鈴木 清順, Suzuki Seijun), (Seitaro Suzuki; 鈴木 清太郎; Suzuki Seitarō; 24 May 1923 – 13 February 2017) was a Japanese movie director, actor, and screenwriter. He made 40 B-movies for the Nikkatsu Company between 1956 and 1967, working most prolifically in the yakuza genre.

Seijun Suzuki
Seitaro Suzuki

(1923-05-24)24 May 1923
Nihonbashi, Tokyo, Japan
Died13 February 2017(2017-02-13) (aged 93)
Tokyo, Japan
Cause of deathChronic obstructive pulmonary disease
Occupation(s)Film and television director, actor and writer
Years active1956–2007

He won critical acclaim and a Japanese Academy Award for his Taishō Trilogy, Zigeunerweisen (1980), Kagero-za (1981) and Yumeji (1991). His movies remained widely unknown outside Japan until a series of theatrical movies beginning in the mid-1980s, home video releases of key movies such as Branded to Kill and Tokyo Drifter became popular outside of Japan.

Suzuki died on 13 February 2017 at a Tokyo hospital from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, aged 93.[1]


  1. Blair, Gavin J. (21 February 2017). "Japanese Auteur Seijun Suzuki Dies at 93". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 22 February 2017.

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